Centre for Suicide Prevention and Millbrook Technologies Inc Launch River of Life

Centre for Suicide Prevention and Millbrook Technologies Inc Launch River of Life











Calgary, Alberta (Vocus) September 9, 2010

Canadians join world-wide efforts to acknowledge World Suicide Prevention Day. East and West have come together in a partnership to help prevent the growing rate of Aboriginal youth suicide.

The Centre for Suicide Prevention developed the content materials and Millbrook Technologies brought these to life in the first ever online Aboriginal suicide prevention training program in the world.

Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations says, “The River of Life is a practical tool that will be instrumental in building resiliency in communities and we are proud to support this initiative.”

This unique online training program is “Excellent! Covers a difficult topic related to different pieces of history. It has a message of resiliency and hope… it inspires you to do something” (C.E. Bird).

This course is “so much what people are hungry for, looking exactly for this content” (J.S., Youth Health Educator).

Centre for Suicide Prevention

The Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP) is an education centre specializing in curricula development, training, and providing library and information services. The purpose of the Centre is to inform and equip people with additional knowledge and skills in the prevention of suicide.

“We are hopeful that ongoing discussions with government may result in financial support for this ‘one-of-a-kind’, first ever, online Aboriginal suicide prevention course. How truly proud we are, as Canadians, to offer this to our international friends” (Diane Yackel, CSP Executive Director).

Millbrook Technologies Inc.

Millbrook Technologies Inc. is located in Nova Scotia, Canada and is owned by the Millbrook First Nation. Millbrook Technologies Inc. specializes in the customization of advanced technologies and building unique courseware.

Who should take the program?

The prevention of Aboriginal youth suicide is a community effort and therefore prevention responsibility should not be left to a single person. Front line workers are obviously those directly involved in the health and well being of the youth in their community.

Mental health workers, addiction counsellors, nurses, youth counsellors, community outreach workers, family members and social services personnel are some of those occupations who should be equipped with the skills to identify and enhance the protective factors that will mitigate the risk of suicide.

In addition, we recommend that police officers, teachers, Friendship Centre staff, probation officers, correctional services workers, foster parents, Elders, band council members and clergy also participate.

Unfortunately too many communities wait until they are in crisis to mobilize their resources. The River of Life program has been designed to provide training to a very diverse group of people within the community to work together in the development of community based strategies. The knowledge provided and skills acquired will result in a positive preventative community action plan.

For more information or to register please go to http://www.riveroflifeprogram.ca

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AtlantiCare Selects Third Brigade Host Intrusion Prevention System to Further Enhance Security of Data, Applications and Systems

AtlantiCare Selects Third Brigade Host Intrusion Prevention System to Further Enhance Security of Data, Applications and Systems












Ottawa, ON, and Reston, VA (PRWEB) March 22, 2007

Third Brigade , a security software company that specializes in host intrusion prevention systems, today announced the selection of its software by AtlantiCare , a regional, not-for-profit healthcare organization based in southeastern New Jersey with more than 4,400 employees and 60 locations.

Healthcare organizations rely heavily on critical e-health and enterprise systems that are increasingly accessible via the Internet. As a result, it’s become more challenging and important to protect the availability and integrity of these systems, and the confidentially of sensitive patient and medical data. Host intrusion prevention is a security best-practice and complements the company’s defense-in-depth strategy.

“We recognize the importance of staying ahead of the latest threats, and implementing security best practices to protect our critical e-health systems, and to ensure patient safety and confidentiality.” said Daniel Morreale, CIO of AtlantiCare. “Third Brigade’s host intrusion prevention system reduces vulnerabilities by shielding us from known and zero-hour threats. And by acting as a virtual patch, it shields hard-to-patch and unpatchable systems, and allows us to test and deploy vendor-supplied patches more thoroughly and efficiently.”

Third Brigade Deep Security brings proven network security approaches, including firewall and intrusion detection and prevention, down to individual computers and devices. It shields vulnerabilities in Windows, Linux and Unix operating systems, as well as enterprise and web applications common to healthcare providers.

“Third Brigade helps AtlantiCare comply with tough industry regulations such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley, and Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA),” said Wael Mohamed, President and CEO of Third Brigade. “Healthcare leaders like AtlantiCare are being proactive in ensuring their EHR and other medical and administrative systems are properly secured from cyber attacks.”

About AtlantiCare

AtlantiCare is a regional healthcare organization based in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, whose more than 4,460 employees serve the healthcare needs of the community at more than 60 locations. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC), the AtlantiCare Foundation, AtlantiCare Health Plans, AtlantiCare Behavioral Health and AtlantiCare Health Services. ARMC earned J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital designation for the third consecutive year for its commitment to providing “An Outstanding Inpatient Experience,” in July, 2006. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004.

About Third Brigade

Third Brigade (http://www.thirdbrigade.com) specializes in providing host intrusion defense systems to organizations that need to detect and prevent attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in mission critical systems. Third Brigade Deep Security allows businesses to apply comprehensive security profiles to hosts that protect against known and zero-day attacks using deep packet inspection. It helps ensure compliance and the 24-7 availability of critical systems, provides a virtual patch for software vulnerabilities, and allows organizations to deliver Internet-based services with greater security and confidence. Unlike other host intrusion detection and prevention systems, Third Brigade Deep Security provides broader, faster and simpler protection. Third Brigade. That’s control.

Note: “Third Brigade”, “Deep Security Solutions”, and the Third Brigade logo are trademarks of Third Brigade, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

For media and analyst inquiries only, contact:

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Media Advisory ? Third Brigade to Demonstrate its Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) at Infosecurity New York

Media Advisory – Third Brigade to Demonstrate its Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) at Infosecurity New York










Ottawa, ON and Reston, VA (PRWEB) November 22, 2005 –-

Third Brigade, Inc. (http://www.thirdbrigade.com) today announced its participation at Infosecurity New York. Third Brigade will present its advanced intrusion prevention system (IPS), which protects financial services, health care, government, telecommunications and other organizations, and demonstrate how to:


stop Internet attacks before they reach hosts, particularly mission-critical servers, and maintain control over IT assets that are threatened by growing security risks;

implement security best practices to protect sensitive information and comply with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, GLBA and FISMA, and other corporate policies;

reduce IT costs while balancing the demands for – protect or enhance revenue, brand equity or customer service.

Date and Time:

Wednesday, Dec 7 – 9:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday, Dec 8 – 9:00am – 4:00pm

Location:     

Booth #242, Infosecurity New York, Jacob K. Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY    

About Third Brigade:

Third Brigade provides host-based intrusion prevention systems to financial services, government, health care, telecommunications and other organizations that need to implement security best practices as part of a defense-in-depth strategy. Our Deep Security solutions give you greater control of your business. They stop network attacks before they impact hosts and web applications, help ensure compliance with regulations and policies, and maximize the performance of your people, processes and hosts. Unlike others, Third Brigade provides an innovative hybrid approach, a positive security model, proactive defense, and a powerful administrative platform.

For further information or to arrange a briefing, please contact:

Kathryn Schwab,

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Third Brigade Announces Its Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) Now Supports Sun Solaris

Third Brigade Announces Its Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) Now Supports Sun Solaris










Ottawa, ON and Reston, VA (PRWEB) November 29, 2005

Third Brigade, Inc. (http://www.thirdbrigade.com) today announced that its intrusion prevention system supports the Solaris ™ 8, Solaris ™ 9 and the Solaris™ 10 Operating Systems (OS). Third Brigade Deep Security 3, which began shipping in July, allows Sun Microsystems’ customers in government, healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, higher education and other sectors to maintain control over IT assets that are threatened by growing security risks. Intrusion prevention provides a last line of defense against a broad range of network attacks, helps ensure compliance with SOX, HIPAA, FISMA, CISP and other regulations, and maintain business continuity.

“Targeted attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in both custom-built and COTS applications are becoming more prevalent, sophisticated and difficult to defend against,” said Wael Mohamed, President and CEO of Third Brigade. “We are excited to provide the Solaris community with an advanced, proactive, host-based intrusion prevention system that allows enterprises to maintain control of their systems,” he added.

Third Brigade Deep Security (http://www.thirdbrigade.com/products/index.html) comprises two main components: Deep Security Manager and Deep Security Agent. The Manager is a role-based, central management platform that allows administrators to create and enforce security policies across Solaris, Linux, Windows, and other types of hosts in large IT environments, with little management overhead. The Agent, which now runs on the Solaris 8, Solaris 9 and the Solaris 10 OS, is a small-footprint software component that combines a high-performance stateful firewall, and deep packet inspection. The stateful firewall reduces the attack surface of hosts by controlling network access to intended services. Deep packet inspection shields vulnerabilities from being exploited by filtering out known and unknown attacks and protocol anomalies.

“With Solaris 10 we’ve added advanced security features such as process rights management previously found only in our military grade trusted Solaris product and new features such as Secure Execution and Solaris Containers,” said Tom Goguen, VP Software Product Marketing, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “We welcome support for Third Brigade’s intrusion prevention system on the most secure operating system we’ve ever released.”

About Third Brigade

Third Brigade provides host-based intrusion prevention systems to financial services, government, health care, telecommunications and other organizations that need to implement security best practices as part of a defense-in-depth strategy. Our Deep Security solutions give you greater control of your business. They stop network attacks before they impact hosts and web applications, help ensure compliance with regulations and policies, and maximize the performance of your people, processes and hosts. Unlike others, Third Brigade provides an innovative hybrid approach, a positive security model, proactive defense, and a powerful administrative platform.

Third Brigade is part of the Sun(SM) Partner Advantage Program. Its corporate headquarters is in Ottawa, Canada, and its US headquarters is in Reston, Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.thirdbrigade.com.

Sun, Sun Microsystems the Sun logo, Solaris, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

For more information, or to arrange a product demonstration, contact:

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Third Brigade?s Host-Based Intrusion Prevention System Deployed in Industry Canada Security Studies

Third Brigade’s Host-Based Intrusion Prevention System Deployed in Industry Canada Security Studies










Ottawa, ON (PRWEB) October 11, 2006 -–

Third Brigade (http://www.thirdbrigade.com), a security software company that specializes in intrusion prevention systems (IPS), today announced Industry Canada is using its host-based intrusion prevention system in its Protocol Analysis Lab (PAL).

Based in Ottawa, one area of interest of the PAL is the protection of traditional telecommunications as well as Next Generation Networks (NGN). Among its responsibilities is to provide analysis of existing and emerging security threats to these networks, and to be a conduit of collaborative initiatives between government, academia and the telecommunications industry in order to quantify and help resolve these threats.

Third Brigade’s host-based intrusion prevention system is one of the technologies being used by PAL, in its on-going engineering studies into VoIP and NGN security vulnerabilities. Third Brigade’s deep packet inspection engine inspects inbound and outbound traffic streams for malicious code and protocol anomalies that match defined rules.

“Canada is a leader and innovator in telecommunications and security technologies,” said Michael Binder, Assistant Deputy Minister of Industry Canada. “As VoIP is rapidly being adopted by a wide range of users – from government to small business to the home consumer – it is increasingly important that we work to ensure the stability of these networks. Our collaboration with Third Brigade is an excellent example of how federal government labs are working with Canadian technology firms to promote the safe and secure use of new technologies.”

Because VoIP offers a broad range of compelling benefits – including simplified infrastructure, increased scalability, reduced operating costs, improved productivity, and flexibility – it is becoming a strategic focus for governments and businesses alike.

However, like all IP-based applications, it is vulnerable to attacks that can result in service disruptions and theft. By architecting advanced, host-based intrusion prevention technology into their systems, VoIP providers are addressing a key customer concern, and will help ensure the rapid adoption of their products and services.

“Industry Canada is involved in stimulating the study of VoIP security between Government, industry and academia partners ,” said Brian O’Higgins, CTO of Third Brigade. “Third Brigade is on the leading edge of protecting hosts from new and emerging threats. The valuable insights we’re gaining from their studies will help further ensure we’re able to provide the most advanced, practical security solutions for today’s telecommunications systems, and tomorrows.”

About Industry Canada

Industry Canada is committed to fostering a growing competitive, knowledge-based Canadian economy. The department works with Canadians throughout the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, improve Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.

About Third Brigade

Third Brigade specializes in providing intrusion prevention systems (IPS) to health care, government, telecommunications, financial services and other organizations that need to prevent attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in commercial and custom software, including web applications. It enables you to create and enforce comprehensive security policies that proactively protect critical applications, sensitive data, and hosts, ensure regulatory compliance, and maximize the performance of your people, processes and hosts. Unlike other intrusion prevention systems, Third Brigade’s is not intrusive. It has been architected from the ground-up for intrusion prevention, and is smaller, faster and simpler. Third Brigade. That’s control.

For media and analyst inquiries only, contact:

Kathryn Schwab

Media and Analyst Relations

Third Brigade, Inc.

(M) 613-858-4407

(T) 613-599-4505 x2238

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Third Brigade, Intrusion Prevention System Provider, Partners With Watchfire

Third Brigade, Intrusion Prevention System Provider, Partners With Watchfire










Ottawa, ON, Reston, VA and InfoSecurity, NY (PRWEB) December 7, 2005

Third Brigade, Inc. (http://www.thirdbrigade.com), a provider of advanced intrusion prevention systems, today announced an alliance with Watchfire (http://www.watchfire.com), a leading provider of software and services to automate web application security testing. Third Brigade will offer customers Watchfire® AppScan® to perform vulnerability assessments along with its Deep Security to protect exposed applications discovered during the assessment. The partnership presents customers the broadest solution for protecting vulnerable web applications and serves as a comprehensive remedial approach to IT security.

“We provide very complementary capabilities for enterprises looking to stay ahead of the latest security threats,” said Brian O’Higgins, Chief Technology Officer of Third Brigade. “Using Watchfire’s AppScan, we can identify software vulnerabilities in customers’ custom and commercial web applications that could be exploited by attackers, and assess compliance with a myriad of regulatory requirements. Then, Third Brigade’s intrusion prevention system can be used to shield and stop the possible exploitation of application vulnerabilities,” he added.

Third Brigade Deep Security is an advanced, host intrusion prevention system (HIPS) that allows organizations to create and enforce comprehensive security policies that proactively stop damaging attacks before they impact the host.

AppScan® is the industry’s first and leading web application security testing solution, and the only solution to provide comprehensive remediation tasks at every level of the application. AppScan scans web applications within an organization’s infrastructure, tests for security issues and provides actionable reports and recommendations.

“It’s critical for organizations to regularly assess the vulnerabilities and risks associated with their web applications,” said Michael Weider, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Watchfire. “Third Brigade’s advanced intrusion prevention system is a logical complement to our risk assessment product and to a layered, defense-in-depth strategy. We look forward to working closely with Third Brigade.”

About Third Brigade

Third Brigade provides host-based intrusion prevention systems to financial services, government, health care, telecommunications and other organizations that need to implement security best practices as part of a defense-in-depth strategy. Our Deep Security solutions give you greater control of your business. They stop network attacks before they impact hosts and web applications, help ensure compliance with regulations and policies, and maximize the performance of your people, processes and hosts. Unlike others, Third Brigade provides an innovative hybrid approach, a positive security model, proactive defense, and a powerful administrative platform.

Third Brigade’ corporate headquarters is in Ottawa, Canada, and its US headquarters is in Reston, Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.thirdbrigade.com.

About Watchfire

Watchfire provides software and services to manage online risk. More than 300 enterprise organizations and government agencies, including AXA Financial, SunTrust, Boots PLC, Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration and Dell rely on Watchfire to monitor, manage, improve and secure all aspects of the online business including security, privacy, quality, accessibility, corporate standards and regulatory compliance. Watchfire’s alliance and technology partners include IBM Global Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, TRUSTe, Microsoft, Interwoven, EMC Documentum and Mercury. Watchfire is headquartered in Waltham, MA. For more information, please visit http://www.watchfire.com.

For more information, or to arrange a product demonstration, contact:

Kathryn Schwab

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Sam?s Club

Sam’s Club® Helps Members Fulfill Their Healthy Living Resolutions This January — Sam’s Club to Launch The Prevention Plan™











The Prevention Plan


Bentonville, AR (Vocus/PRWEB) January 06, 2011

January is the month when many Americans look to turn over a new leaf when it comes to their health. This year Sam’s Club will give Business, Advantage and Plus members across the country tools to help them achieve their health goals including free monthly in-club health screenings and access to a new health management benefit, The Prevention Plan from U.S. Preventive Medicine.

“Through our member insights, we know our members want to stay in control of their health,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. ”We’re proud to offer these simple health solutions, including free health screenings along with great products like The Prevention Plan, so our members can maintain control of their health decisions, minimize health risks and keep health care costs low for their families, employees and themselves.”

The Prevention Plan*

Exclusively priced at $ 99 for our members, Sam’s Club will now offer The Prevention Plan, a personalized, step-by-step health management program designed to help people take control of their individual health. Via an online health assessment and at-home blood test, Sam’s Club members can take the first steps in identifying potential individual health issues. From there, a personalized plan is created to address risks. Personal health coaching, ongoing support, a variety of tools and a plan-wide health challenge are provided through The Prevention Plan to keep members motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“America is moving from the reactive treatment of illness to the proactive preservation of health,” said Christopher Fey, chairman and CEO, U.S. Preventive Medicine. “The Prevention Plan provides the knowledge and tools to help individuals improve their health and wellbeing. A recent study in Population Health Management shows The Plan has been successful in helping people significantly reduce important risk factors including blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol and many others. We are pleased to make this program available to Sam’s Club members.”

For more information on The Prevention Plan, customers can call 866-713-1180, or visit http://www.SamsClub.com/healthyliving.

January In-Club Health Screenings

All Sam’s Club members across the country can participate in the free monthly health screenings beginning in January. Throughout the year, each monthly event will offer different screenings, including:


Personal consultation from a licensed pharmacist on their prescription drug medications
Blood pressure checkups
Bone density scans
Body mass index assessment
Cholesterol and glucose tests
Hearing and vision screening

For more information, times and locations of health screenings of participating Sam’s Club locations, members can visit http://www.SamsClub.com/healthyliving.

Additional Healthy Living Products and Services Available

Sam’s Club is committed to lowering the costs of health care for our members. Those members with Plus-level memberships who pay with cash can save 40 percent on generic medications and 8 percent on name brand medications in our pharmacies nationwide.** As always, Sam’s Club pharmacists are available to answer questions about the program.

Sam’s Club is also a leading provider of affordable health products and services for all its members including:

$ 4 Prescriptions — Sam’s Club pharmacies offer 30-day generic prescriptions for $ 4, or people can save even more with 90-day prescriptions for only $ 10.
Free Rx check up — Sam’s Club’s licensed pharmacists provide advice on how to take medications to maximize effectiveness, including when and how to use them. Our pharmacists also conduct a comprehensive assessment of all prescription medications to determine possible interactions, no matter where the prescriptions were filled by the customer.
ePrescribing — Sam’s Club pharmacies accept electronic prescribing to improve prescribing accuracy and patient safety.
Auto Fill — Sam’s Club offers an automatic refill program so that prescriptions are ready at the same time every month so customers never have to worry about running out of important medications.
Ready Reminder — Sam’s Club pharmacies offer free automatic phone or text messages about the status of a customer’s prescription.
EZPay — By placing a credit card number on file with a Sam’s Club pharmacy, EZPay allows customers to speed up their pharmacy visit by having the cost of their prescription medications automatically charged to their specified card.

A Sam’s Club membership is not required to purchase prescription medication in the pharmacies. For more information, customers can speak with a Sam’s Club pharmacist.

*The Prevention Plan is a service administered solely by U.S. Preventive Medicine, Inc., and its designated vendors. The Plan is independent of and not administered by Sam’s Club. More information on the Plan is available at http://www.SamsClub.com/healthyliving or by calling 866-713-1180.

**Savings only for cash purchases based on the dispensing Sam’s Club Pharmacy’s cash price. Discounts not available for purchases covered by health insurance or a state/federal government health care program, on SamsClub.com, or covered by Walmart’s Prescription Program or any Sam’s Club promotion. Restrictions apply. See your local Sam’s Club pharmacy for details.

About Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club, the nation’s eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club, offers superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average 30.4 percent over grocery and specialty retailers. Sam’s Club received the highest rankings in Prescription Ordering and Pickup Process in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 U.S. National Pharmacy Study. To learn more about savings made simple, visit samsclub.com, and look for Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.

About U.S. Preventive Medicine®

U.S. Preventive Medicine http://www.uspreventivemedicine.com is leading a global preventive health movement focused on saving lives and money by keeping people healthy and better managing chronic conditions before they progress. The company has developed The Prevention Plan™, an innovative health management program that is based on the clinical science of preventive medicine: primary (wellness and health promotion to keep healthy people healthy), secondary (screening for earlier detection/diagnosis) and tertiary (early evidence-based treatment to reduce complications and disability). The Prevention Plan, which is available to consumers and employer groups, identifies each individual’s top health risks and designs a customized plan of action to reduce those risks, supported by health coaching, robust online tools and plan-wide challenges with incentives. The company is accredited in wellness and health promotion by NCQA and disease management by URAC. Follow us on twitter.com/USPM, facebook.com, and youtube.com/moregoodyears.

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Third Brigade, Provider of Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Adds Security and Healthcare Experts to Advisory Board

Third Brigade, Provider of Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Adds Security and Healthcare Experts to Advisory Board










Ottawa, Ontario; Reston, Virginia (PRWEB) July 6, 2006

Third Brigade, Inc. (http://www.thirdbrigade.com), a provider of intrusion prevention systems (IPS), today announced the addition of Ira Winkler and Dr. Robert Mandel to its Advisory Board.

Ira Winkler, CISSP, is President of the Internet Security Advisors Group. Mr. Winkler is recognized as one of the world’s experts in Internet security, information warfare, information-related crime investigation, and industrial espionage, and has been named a “Modern Day James Bond” by the media. He is a specialist in penetration testing, where he infiltrates companies, both technically and physically, to find and repair an organization’s weaknesses. He began his career at the National Security Agency (NSA), where he served as an Intelligence and Computer Systems Analyst. He moved on to support other US and overseas government military and intelligence agencies. After leaving government service, he served as President of the Internet Security Advisors Group and Director of Technology of the National Computer Security Association, and Chief Security Strategist for Hewlett-Packard Consulting. He has authored Corporate Espionage, which has been described as the bible of the Information Security field, and the bestselling Through the Eyes of the Enemy.

“Hackers increasingly exploit vulnerabilities in commercial and custom software applications to gain access to critical systems and data,” said Ira Winkler, President of the Internet Security Advisors Group. “Host-based intrusion prevention systems that use proven, practical approaches are central to a defense-in-depth strategy, and help protect organizations from malicious attacks. I look forward to working closely with Third Brigade as they help businesses and governments address the growing security threats.”

Dr. Robert Mandel, MD, MBA and Vice President of Healthcare Services, recently returned to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) from the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), where he served as COO for a year. Prior to this, he was Vice President of eHealth at BCBSMA managing the eHealth Program with a significant focus on the eRx Collaborative and piloting medical decision support applications and other technologies that offer the potential of improving the quality and efficiency of care delivery. In addition, Dr. Mandel spent three years as Vice President of Provider Enrollment and Services where he led many of the organization’s administration simplification initiatives.

”With the growing reliance on EHR/EMR and other eHealth systems, it is critical that every effort be made to better ensure the integrity, confidentiality and accessibility of these applications and data” said Dr. Robert Mandel, Vice President of Healthcare Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. “Host-based intrusion prevention systems can help providers and payors alike stop attacks that could otherwise reduce quality of care, disrupt services, expose confidential data and increase operating costs.”

“We’re pleased that Ira and Robert have joined our extended team,” noted Brian O’Higgins, CTO of Third Brigade. “Their addition comes at a time when enterprises, particularly those in healthcare, are becoming increasingly concerned with protecting critical servers from attack. Our advisors have tremendous expertise, insights and influence, and we look forward to working closely with them.”

The Third Brigade Advisory Board also includes Dr. Paul Van Oorshcot, Professor in Computer Science, Carleton University, and Sandra Lambert, Managing Partner and Senior Consultant, Lambert & Associates, LLC, and former Chairperson of the Board, Founder and Founding President of ISSA.

About Third Brigade

Third Brigade specializes in providing intrusion prevention systems (IPS) to health care, government, telecommunications, financial services and other organizations that need to prevent attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in commercial and custom software, including web applications. It enables you to create and enforce comprehensive security policies that proactively protect critical applications, sensitive data, and hosts, ensure regulatory compliance, and maximize the performance of your people, processes and hosts. Unlike other intrusion prevention systems, Third Brigade’s is not intrusive. It has been architected from the ground-up for intrusion prevention, and is smaller, faster and simpler. Third Brigade. That’s control.

For media and analyst inquiries only, contact:

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Third Brigade, Inc.

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The Mental Health Agenda: Treatment, Prevention & Banishing Stigma

The Mental Health Agenda: Treatment, Prevention & Banishing Stigma











Cambridge, UK (PRWEB) October 6, 2009

World Mental Health Day on 10th October seeks to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding mental health by promoting discussion of illnesses and the need for improved treatment and prevention initiatives. Statistics quoted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for 2002 suggest that 154 million people globally suffer from depression, just one form of mental illness. (1) Helen McNallen, ex-city trader, depression sufferer and founder of the website Depression Can Be Fun, is now publishing a book of the same name, to pass on the important message of depression and mental illness through humour and help people see that, with treatment, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Mental health problems are common worldwide, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Depression is the most common mental health problem, believed to affect approximately one in four of us at some time in our lives. (2) Despite its prevalence, many people don’t get proper treatment, for several reasons; misdiagnosis, because of inadequate education of professionals in primary care; social stigma which prevents people seeking help; and even because the depression may be so severe that the sufferer is debilitated and unable to seek help.

Traditionally, the western medical model focuses on treating disease states, and so initiatives to tackle mental health problems mostly centre on medical treatment and the latest pharmaceutical intervention to manage symptoms. Several epidemiological studies in recent years, however, have begun to change the way we think about mental health problems, with factors such as lifestyle, stress, financial problems and diet playing a role in the rates of mental health illnesses.

Depression alone costs the UK about £9 billion each year, of which only approximately £370 million is the cost of treatment,(3) demonstrating the extent of the financial burden of man hours lost from sickness leave. Realising the economic implications, several government initiatives are now leaning towards prevention and attempting to promote healthy lifestyles, (4) exercise and good diets as a way of maintaining physical and mental health. Louise Appleby, the government’s mental health tsar is quoted as having admitted that “prevention has got to be better than cure. (5)

Dr Nina Bailey, head nutrition scientist at Igennus Healthcare Nutrition, says, “There are many factors that influence both general and mental health including how much money you make, where you live, your education, the relationships you have, but also what you eat plays an important role in maintaining a chemical balance in the brain and maintaining mood. There is overwhelming epidemiological evidence which suggests that omega-3s, particularly the omega 3 EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) found in oily fish, can protect people from depression,(6) in part by moderating levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, much like antidepressant SSRI drugs and by exerting an anti-inflammatory effect.” (7)

Author of soon-to-be-released Depression Can be Fun and ex-city worker, Helen McNallen, battled with depression and bipolar disorder for 10 years, afraid of acknowledging her problems and afraid of derailing her career. Partly owing to stigma, Helen avoided seeking help for a year.

At the beginning, Helen became withdrawn socially, would work long hours and then sleep the entire weekend. Eventually her breakdown led to her being hospitalised for 2 periods of 3 months on suicide watch and sectioned. After courses of antidepressants which didn’t work for Helen, she had 14 sessions of ECT which affected her memory.

Helen endorses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and talking therapies, which can get to the route of your problem, and can help you to find new ways of dealing with your issues. Had Helen sought help earlier on, she is sure that she could have avoided the consequences of her bipolar episodes when she tried to battle feelings of emptiness by resorting to obsessive shopping habits, spending on clothes, art and antiques. In a short space of time Helen frittered away over £250,000 of her and her husband’s finances, almost losing their home in the process.

Helen’s actions during her lowest times also took its toll on her marriage. Working in an all-male environment in the city, Helen didn’t want to be perceived as weak and pathetic, and the lower she felt, the more she spent to try fill the void and be happy once again.

Helen gradually battled her way out of her mental health problems and, at the advice of her psychiatrist, now takes the purified omega 3 fish oil supplement Vegepa, prescribed by some doctors and psychiatrists as an add-on or even alternative to antidepressants.

“When I wanted to come off my antidepressants my psychiatrist strongly recommended that I take a good omega supplement, as clinical studies have proven the benefits of fish oil in depression. EPA can significantly alleviate symptoms of depression in its most severe form,” Helen recalled. “I did as he said but didn’t feel any different and almost gave up taking them until a friend of mine who has suffered from ME told me about Vegepa. She told me to take 4 a day. I have never looked back.” Helen is also careful to stick to a healthy life balance, no longer measuring herself by wealth and materialism.

Part of Helen’s recovery involves trying to raise awareness of mental health problems and the consequences of not seeking help, in order to help others not to endure what she went through. Last World Mental Health Day she launched the website Depression Can Be Fun, at the invitation of the NHS at one of their many events around the country. A year on, Helen is publishing a book of the same title, which originates from the ‘black comedy’ of her experiences of manic depression, but is about getting a serious message across and explaining depression with humour and helping those suffering from depression smile in the face of adversity. On this site people can connect with other people with the same issues, as well as seek help from the psychotherapists and doctors at hand to answer your questions. An online forum means that users can communicate with other people on there 24/7.

References

[1] World Health Organisation 2002. See http://www.who.int/mental_health/en/.

[2] World Health Organisation 2001. See http://www.who.int/whr/2001/media_centre/press_release/en/index.html.

[3] Thomas C, Morris S. Cost of depression among adults in England

in 2000. British Journal of Psychiatry 2003; 183: 514-519. See also: ‘The Impact of Depression on Daily Life’, Depression Alliance: [4 Government Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing: Five Ways to Well Being [5 The Independent, 19th July 2009 See http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/new-strategy-to-bolster-mental-health-care-1752308.html.

[6] Hibbeln JR. Fish consumption and major depression. Lancet 1998; Vol.351:1213

[7] Haag, Marianne. Essential Fatty Acids and the Brain. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 2003; Vol. 48(3):195-203.

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